Afghanistan: hidden voices from a forgotten war

A new publication by Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK

Available for £5 (plus P&P) from

180 years of conflict and misery, and no end in sight.

A review by Kay Green

We talk about Iraq, we talk about Syria and Palestine – there’s usually a remarkable silence on events in Afghanistan. If we hear about it at all, it’s usually in the context of our soldiers having a hard time – which they undoubtedly do, but…

Both Britain and the US have been manipulating events in Afghanistan for nearly two centuries. In real life, that means a people who are born, live and die in the midst of wars and other cataclysms that often make little sense to them.

Author Cllr Maya Evans, the UK co-ordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence and editor Felicity Laurence, Chair of Hastings Community of Sanctuary, bring you this extraordinarily appealing book of photos and personal testimonies. As you turn its pages and meet some of the people there, you realise that, because of our country’s actions, their stories should be understood as a very significant part of our history.

 This book is packed with the voices of women, children and young people – and they do what no amount of news reports seem able to do – they bring the country alive. 

Throughout 18 years of armed foreign occupation in Afghanistan, everyday life in the UK continued largely uninterrupted. The war in Afghanistan is seldom mentioned, and the few occasions are characterized in a context of Taliban bombings and mass shootings. Afghanistan is now the most dangerous country in the world, and yet European countries still deport thousands of Afghan refugees every year.

Afghan teenagers climbing a mountain hillside in Kabul

Remember Afghanistan Speaker Tour October 2019

To coincide with the 18 year anniversary of the Afghan war, Dr Hakim, humanitarian and anti war activist is currently touring the UK on a speaking tour, you can catch him at:

Dr Hakim Speaking Tour 2019 Itinerary 

Wed 2nd Oct DUBLIN 8PM

The Teachers Club 

36 Parnell Square, West Dublin D1

Organised by Afri

Thurs 3rd Oct BELFAST 7.30PM

The Peace House 

224 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 6GE

Organised by the Peace House

Sat 5th – Sun 6th LIMERICK

World Beyond Wars Conference

Tues 8th Oct HASTINGS 6PM

Photo exhibition and booklet launch event 

OPEN Café 19 Grand Parade, St Leonards on Sea

Organised by VCNV UK

Wed 9th Oct BRISTOL 6.30PM

Horfield Quaker Meeting House

300 Gloucester Road, Horfield, BS7 8PD

Organised by VCNV UK 

Fri 11th Oct BRADFORD 6PM

Speakers’ Corner Youth Centre

4 Ivegate, Bradford, BD1 1SW

Organised by VCNV UK 

Sat 12th Oct LONDON 5.30PM

London Catholic Worker

49 Mattison Road, Harringay N4 1BG

Organised by LCW

Sun 13th Oct OXFORD 2PM

Peace House

19 Paradise Street, Oxford OX1 1LD

Organised by Oxford CND and FoR